Congratulations to the Mock Trial team who won their first elimination round against Sydney Grammar earlier this week!
This was an interesting and challenging criminal case about online fraud, with the SCEGGS team of Kristina Comino (solicitor), Amelia Board and Sarah McNaughton (barristers) acting as defence. The team was commended for their excellent and thorough preparation of their arguments and questioning. Amelia and Sarah were outstanding in their cross-examination of the witnesses for the prosecution, calling into question their credibility. They were ably and consistently supported by Kristina, particularly in the tense moments during and after accessing witness statements. Hannah Mavrakis and Phoebe Masnick (witnesses) handled themselves extremely well under heavy questioning by the prosecution and remained steadfast throughout. Camilla Keenan (magistrate’s clerk) performed her role professionally and ensured the smooth running of the trial with her Grammar counterpart.
The magistrate commented that this was the highest quality trial he had seen in years and he awarded both teams the highest points he had ever given out. This is a credit to the hard work of both teams who clearly brought out the best in each other. In the end, the teams were only separated by two points. Congratulations girls and we wish you the best of luck in the next round against St Catherine’s!
Mock Trial Co-ordinator